Posts by dave crampton

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  • Hard News: RT: Eyjafjallajokull,

    Now, if only that Icelandic poet above could rap. That would be something...

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  • Hard News: See you Latta, Bob ...,

    Edgeler: Haven't we been repeatedly told it wasn't an "anti-smacking" law?

    Why is there is concern that the PM has said light smacking is okay (read lawful) if the law we passed wasn't about smacking at all?

    Because it was about smacking. We all know that. And it was the Greens that started that one. And to Key " okay" in this context doesn't necessarily mean " lawful".

    welli • Since Jan 2007 • 143 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: See you Latta, Bob ...,

    The Prime Minister's task force has made some sensible suggestions about improving communication with some parents, and I think now is the time for journalists to focus on those

    Such as? If you want journos to focus on these, could you have perhaps mentioned what these suggestions are ?

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  • MMP: This Time It's Binding,

    well that's reassuring, every voter gets to decide. What kind of national referenda are conducted where every voter does <i>not</i> get to decide?

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  • MMP: This Time It's Binding,

    This avoids 1and 2 MP parties, so the smallest parties in parliament will have 3 members (excepting those 1 electorate MP parties).

    Unless of course the Bill and Ben gets over the reduced threshold. If that party was to get more than 2.8% of the vote it may contribute to a parliamentary underhang.

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  • Hard News: Do these people even talk?,

    Good piece Russell -TPK does really need to get its act together....and in terms of the TV3/TVNZ stoush - does anyone know what role the charter has in this?

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  • Hard News: The son that got away,

    ..so what does " more than transitory or trifling" mean, then. You cant hit a kid too hard for correction but you can hit him a little harder if he is running into a speeding car because transitory and trifling has an elevated threshold in certain circumstances?

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  • Island Life: Good on ya, Paula,

    The fact that everybody is entitled to accomodation supplement, tax credits, plus the $60 in work payment if you work 20hrs (single) or 30 hrs (partnered)? And that DPBers are required to work 15 hours a week - that income

    Not quite. Only those who are not on benefits get the In Work Payment. And those on the dpb are not required to work but some are encouraged to look for work. If course if they are training using the training incentive allowance - which all current trainees can get until their course finishes - that would be taken into account - and those people can get childcare and student loans..But if they are in a Housing NZ place I understand they are not even entitled to the accommdation supplement..

    welli • Since Jan 2007 • 143 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Drugs and Sex,

    Green co-leader Tariana Turia ... I guess all those Maoris look the same.....and their funny little names all look the same too. Turei/Turia, it's sooooo confusing ...

    Not half as confusing as those who have never stood for a Maori seat i (Lockwood Smith, Nick Smith, Phil Goff, Phil Heatley, John Hayes, John Carter, Chris Carter,David Carter, David Bennett, Paula Bennett, Jacinda Arden, Shane Arden, Grant Robertson, Ross Robertson, Eric Roy, Heather Roy,Graham Kennedy - or is that Kennedy Graham..)

    welli • Since Jan 2007 • 143 posts Report Reply

  • Hard News: Swine flu, terror and Susan Boyle,

    Why [doesn't Grant] bugger off and annoy some other blog?

    Because he is a typical troll

    Not just here, either.

    http://www.humanitarianchronicle.com/2009/05/life-and-death-issues/comment-page-1/#comment-3180
    .

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